STLR Link Roundup – October 5, 2011

  • Privacy rights advocates filed a letter with the FTC, asking the commission to investigate Facebook’s user tracking after log off and whether Facebook’s new Ticker and Timeline feature constitute unfair or deceptive business practices.  
  • The United States signs the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement this Saturday, an accord targeting intellectual property piracy. Some academics argue, however, that ACTA requires Congressional approval.
  • T-Mobile files amicus brief in the Northern California District Court, supporting Samsung in a patent dispute with Apple over its iPhone and iPad designs.
  • Verizon has sued FCC to halt net neutrality rules, arguing that the FCC has no authority to issue rules affecting the Internet.
  • AT&T moved to dismiss antitrust lawsuits brought by Sprint Nextel and Cellular South over AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, arguing that both companies were looking to block the deal for self-interested reasons.
  • The Supreme Court denied the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ petition for certiorari, declining to decide whether downloading a song is a public performance, which would entitle artists to get paid additional royalties. 

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